I have three voice activated, virtual assistants at home:
Anecdotally, based on how often my family uses them (wife, 2 young boys, a dog, and a beta fish) Amazon is the winner. I know Google has the depth and breadth to be very smart, but we kept having too many misses and glitches. The Echo/Alexa was being called upon for jokes, stories, timers, information, and more importantly - music, even though the better sounding Google Home Max was in the same room. Perhaps being creatures of habit, we became accustomed to calling out to Alexa? First mover advantage? But then again, Siri had the first mover advantage on the iPhone, and was always available - but Siri’s abilities are clearly behind both Amazon and Google. It’s unfortunate as I really like the design and sound of the HomePod. I have noticed Siri getting smarter, perhaps since they poached one of the AI experts from Google. But unfortunately for Apple, Siri is still not yet competitive.
So what does any of this have to do with Oracle? This is the continued consumerization of IT. No more AI science lab projects. This is the consumerization of AI for the enterprise. The phrase "consumerization of IT", imho, was primarily driven by the introduction of the iPhone, back in 2007. With the iPhone, consumers fell in love with their smartphones and asked their IT departments to support them. Back then, Blackberries (aka crackberries) ruled the mobile enterprise. I recall my time at Verisign/Symantec, IT resisted iPhones due to security concerns, but eventually relented. From my observation, with executive influence (thanks Enrique S.) owning an iPhone and iPad, well, that’s the way IT rolled.
With all these mobile smartphones and devices, it becomes easy to see how conversational interfaces will work their way into the enterprise. That brings me to specifically call out our chatbot technology, Oracle Digital Assistant. A digital assistant is more than a simple chatbot. For details, check this excellent post by Eric Rogge delving into more depth on newly release features for Oracle Digital Assistant.
With the growing popularity of conversational interfaces (text/voice) in the enterprise, this nascent market is full of new tools and solutions vying for your attention. And as the market matures, most of which will simply go away or be acquired by a larger player. Remember all the internet companies? The e-commerce companies? Mobile companies? It's darwinism at work.
Easy, easy, and...wait for it....
Who survives and flourishes? I’ve alway felt that there are 3 things that make a product successful - inspired by the old real estate adage (location, location, location) - what makes a product successful is: easy, easy, and wait for it…easy! Remember plug-and-play? Of course, the product still has to get the job done, but he who makes it easy to adopt, easy to use, easy to live with, usually wins. Why do you think UX experts and UI designers are in such high demand?
Oracle Digital Assistant Combining Multiple Skills
For Oracle Digital Assistant, the Oracle SaaS teams are working on easy, by building their own related digital assistant “skills" that plug and play with the Oracle Digital Assistant platform. Imagine a digital assistant skill for ERP, assistant for procurement, assistant for reports, an assistant for supply chain management, an assistant for HR, expense reports, whatever the customer needs are. Now imagine these assistants, readily available in a Skill Store, or Catalog - akin to the Apple AppStore or Google Play, easily available to add to your own Digital Assistant. Now make them so that they can be customized to your needs, easy. Provide the platform to manage their lifecycle - easy. Provide proven, serious enterprise security skills by default - easy. Given the potential of multiple digital assistants, Oracle Digital Assistant can bring them together under one comprehensive assistant.
TL;DR - Oracle Digital Assistant makes it easy to bring chatbot capabilities to your enterprise applications in a unified platform. Again, a great read is Eric Rogge’s recent blog post on this topic. https://blogs.oracle.com/mobile/oracle-digital-assistant-version-1843-introduces-skill-chatbot-capability
Your next steps:
Can’t make any of these? Call you’re Oracle sales rep or partner. I’m sure they’d love to chat. No more excuses. cloud.oracle.com/digital-assistant